Welcome to International Studies!

Get prepared to make a difference as you take a deep dive into the ways political, legal, business, social, economic and environmental issues shape our world. In Canada’s first bilingual International Studies degree, you’ll experience a degree without borders – whether you choose our unique iBA degree, undertake an international exchange or internship, or work on our award-winning International Studies Student Symposium. Further curate your program by concentrating on a specific aspect of International Studies: Culture and International Civil Society, Globalisation and International Business, or Peace, Security, and Diplomacy. Whatever you choose to study, you’ll be challenged to think and plan constructively toward the creation of a better, more secure, more peaceful, humane and just world order. 

Learn about program details

Skills You’ll Learn


  • Gain exposure to at least one language, aside from English and French.  
  • Understand how nations, geographic regions, and transnational and extranational networks interact.
  • Combine the practical experience of business with an understanding of world issues, conflict resolution processes and societal problems in the dual degree option. 

Careers


As an International Studies graduate, you are well-equipped to become a leader and changemaker. You can choose to pursue grad studies or obtain additional qualifications. Here are a few examples of possible career paths:  

  • Activist
  • Immigration officer
  • Mediator
  • Children’s rights advocate
  • International business
  • Politician
  • Diplomat administrator (with dual degree)
  • Public policy
  • Economist
  • Journalist
  • Analyst or strategist
  • Fundraiser
  • Judge or lawyer
  • Speech writer
  • Human rights specialist 

Visit the Career Centre for more career options in International Studies. 

Hands-On Experiences


Apply the concepts and theories you’re studying to real world challenges. Engage in guided practical experiences in the classroom, workplace, community and abroad. These are some opportunities for International Studies students. 

  • Undertake a professional internship with an international focus.  
  • Present at and help organize the Annual International Studies Symposium, which is entirely student produced.  
  • Choose to take International Studies as a dual-degree program, including two years at world-renowned Emlyon business school in France. 
  • Prepare for the reality of the work force and gain practical experience in the international environment by taking on a professional internship.

Admission Requirements


  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent with an average* in the mid to high 70s 
  • Minimum of six 4U or 4M courses, including 4U English (ENG4U) or FRA4U  
  • A combination of U and M courses; OACs are accepted Proficiency in English OR French  

* Average is calculated based on the top six 4U; 4M or DU courses 

iBA/BBA International Studies & Business Administration dual degree:  

  • MHF4U required 
  • MCV4U or MDM4U required 
  • no more than two 4M courses will be considered
  • Supplementary application required —  find out more here

Check out the full requirements

Student Supports & Programs

Glendon Campus prides itself on being a supportive community that goes the extra mile to ensure you get the help you need. See some of the resources International Studies students use the most. 

Meet Your Professors

You’ll learn from friendly, high-profile professors, who are published experts and actively working in the field. 

Hossam Ali-Hassan

Hossam Ali-Hassan

York Hall 359
416-736-2100 x 88599
hossama@glendon.yorku.ca

Elaine Coburn

Elaine Coburn

York Hall 335
416-736-2100 x 88323
ecoburn@glendon.yorku.ca

Angelo Dossou-Yovo

York Hall 331
416-736-2100 x 88150
angelody@glendon.yorku.ca

Aymen Karoui

Aymen Karoui

York Hall 320
416-736-2100 x 88154
aymenkar@yorku.ca

Stanislav Kirschbaum

Stanislav Kirschbaum

York Hall 338
416-736-2100 x 88327
stankosk@gl.yorku.ca

Célia Romulus

Célia Romulus

York Hall 353
416-736-2100 x 88562
romulusc@glendon.yorku.ca

Koumani Seli Apedome

York Hall 328
apedome@yorku.ca

Tyrenny Anderson

York Hall 328
tyrennya@yorku.ca

Hanene Belhaj

York Hall 328
hanenem@yorku.ca

Normand Perreault

York Hall 328
nperreau@glendon.yorku.ca

Farhad Rezaei

York Hall 315
frezaei@glendon.yorku.ca

Martin Shadwick

York Hall 328
shadwick@yorku.ca

Sergey Smolnikov

York Hall 328
ssmolkov@yorku.ca

News & Events

Get involved on campus and in the community to meet fellow students and boost your Glendon experience. Attend our highly anticipated annual events, such as the Annual John Holmes Memorial Lecture and the Glendon Student Annual International Studies Symposium. 

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